THE GOLDEN HOUR SECRET: BENEFITS OF WAKING UP EARLY IN THE MORNING
We are sure that you have been listening that “early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy wealthy and wise” since your childhood but not many understand the science behind it. Most of the millennial believe that getting sufficient sleep is more important for a healthy life but that’s not the case when you will hear the benefits of waking up early.
The idea of waking up at 5 in the morning can sound awful to you when you have a habit of waking up at 10 or 11 daily. But as you began to settle into your new morning practice, you will find it much easier to wake up before the alarm rings. Then, a few weeks into it, you will be waking up at 5:00 without even having to set my alarm–and you will be waking up energized and ready to tackle my day.
In this post, we are going to uncover seven of the biggest benefits of waking up early. Mind you, this list is not all-inclusive, as the possible benefits of taking up this habit stretch far beyond the scope of this article alone. But consider the following to be the biggest “wins” by building this important habit.
- Provides you the time to exercise
One of the biggest benefits of waking up early is that it gives you that extra time for exercise. There can be endless days when you will find an excuse to skip the gym at night but waking up early means you have that extra time which you can invest in your body.
Early waking will allow you to get your out of the way and you wouldn’t have to think about it for the rest of the day. Beginning the day with a healthy workout will help you to burn more calories during the day and your sleep will also improve. Further, studies have shown that exercising in the morning can help improve your decision-making skills for the remainder of the day and increase your sense of happiness due to the release of endorphins you will experience.
- Your confidence will ascend
Having self-confidence can have lifetime benefits as it will help you to lead a life with a positive attitude. Doing things your way will drastically improve your mood in unlimited ways and it will give you a sense of responsibility.
However, we are hard-wired to engage in social comparison–we all do it every day, whether it’s about how much money someone else makes or the awards someone wins at work for consistently meeting their goals, we often make ourselves feel bad in some way when we compare ourselves to other people. However, this tendency toward social comparison can be used to better your life rather than bringing you down. Now, you’re not looking for ways that you are intrinsically better than others, but when you get up early in the morning and start getting things crossed off of your to-do list, you can certainly feel behaviourally superior to others who are dragging themselves into work at the very last minute. Starting your day early can improve your confidence drastically.
- Benefit your long-term career
Whether you’re loving your current career or desperately trying to get out of it, waking up early in the morning can help you be productive with your work. If you are working in a corporate then you are undoubtedly used to being diverted frequently with phone calls, emails, or people stopping by your desk, which can put huge damage to your productivity. All you need is complete silence for a few hours where you can focus on yourself.
Alternatively, if you do not love your job, you can use the calm of the early morning for two things, either looking for another job or growing your side business. Let’s face it, looking for a job can be a full-time job in itself, and you can’t be pulling up job-searching websites while you’re at work. You will get further in your job hunt if you take the time in the morning to do your research and polish up your resume as you’re applying to jobs.
Alternatively, if you have a hobby that you love doing that you want to turn into a career, the morning is the perfect time to refine that. You won’t be able to achieve your dream of making your side business your primary source of income unless you’re able to put in the time. Investing time in your dreams at the beginning of the day can massively motivate you to achieve it.
- Enhances your productivity
Our brains are the most alert during the morning hours, so if you can have this uninterrupted time to focus, you will be able to accomplish more than you otherwise would. People also typically make more rational decisions in the morning than they do later in the afternoon after they have been deciding decision all day long. You need to prioritize your tasks and remove a few unproductive things of your list before everyone wakes up.
- Improves mental health
All of these benefits put together to lay the foundation for better mental health. All the above-mentioned points will eventfully improve your psychological well being. Being in good mental health helps you realize your full potential in life, cope with any stressors that come your way, help you think, create and maintain relationships, and make valuable decisions. Going to sleep earlier and waking up earlier is linked to having a more stable personality while staying up late and sleeping in can lead to the development of depression.